PPV rings in ‘Superfighter’

Event will take place in Melbourne

The four leading pay-per-view distributors in the U.S. — In Demand, DirecTV, EchoStar and TVN — will offer a pay-per-view “Superfighter” event, featuring eight heavyweight boxers in a four-hour live series of elimination rounds from Australia on Dec. 2.

In a conference call from Melbourne, where the event will take place, Stephen Duval, founder and CEO of “Superfighter,” said the eight fighters will start the night paired off in four, four-round fights. The four winners will immediately get back into the ring for two more four-round matches.

The victors of those two will face off in a final four-round bout, and the man who emerges on top will collect $5 million.

The eight fighters scheduled for the event are Calvin Brock, Chris Byrd, Samuel Peter, Oliver McCall, Jameel McCline, O’Neill Bell, Juan Carlos Gomez and Tye Fields. If one of the fighters drops out, Sinan Samil Sam has signed as a replacement. The actual pairings won’t be determined for another few weeks.

Duval said “Superfighter” would introduce a scoring system that would award a point for hits, multiple points for blows that stagger the opponent, and up to 10 points for hits that knock the opponent off his feet.

And the referee can stop a fight in the middle of a round, Duval said, to look at a replay to determine if there were any low blows, head butts or other fouls.

Retail price of the event is $49.95.

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